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dearest (ˈdɪərɪst) 



  1. used as an affectionate way of addressing someone   ⇒ Dearest Paul, Dearest Maria, Dearest Maria, aren't I terrible, not coming back like I promised?
  2. most cherished   ⇒ It is my dearest hope that one day she will find the happiness she deserves., his dearest wish was to see you two married, My dearest wish is that this family feud should be forgotten.


  1. used as a very affectionate form of address   ⇒ Dearest, can I be of any assistance?, What's wrong, my dearest? You look tired.


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= most beloved

dear (dɪə Pronunciation for dear



  1. beloved; precious
  2. used in conventional forms of address preceding a title or name, as in Dear Sir or my dear Mr Smith
  3. (postpositive) foll by to important; close   ⇒ a wish dear to her heart
    1. highly priced
    2. charging high prices
  4. appealing or pretty   ⇒ what a dear little ring!
  5. See for dear life


  1. used in exclamations of surprise or dismay, such as Oh dear! and dear me!


  1. (often used in direct address) someone regarded with affection and tenderness; darling


  1. dearly   ⇒ his errors have cost him dear

Derived Forms

ˈdearness noun

Word Origin

Old English dēore; related to Old Norse dӯrr


View thesaurus entry
= beloved, close, valued, favourite, respected, prized, dearest, sweet, treasured, precious, darling, intimate, esteemed, cherished, revered,
= charming, appealing, winning, pleasing, attractive, engaging, lovely, pleasant, fetching, delightful, cute, irresistible, captivating, bewitching, winsome, cutesy, likable or likeable
= darling, love, dearest, sweet, angel, treasure, precious, honey, beloved, loved one, sweetheart, truelove
= dearly, at a high price, at great cost, at a heavy cost

Example Sentences Including 'dearest'

But, Melody, I definitely didn't begin, ``My dearest darling Mr Chambers '.
Anita Anderson SOMEBODY (2002)
God is attentive to your needs as a caring father is to his dearest son.
Tada, Joni Eareckson Diamonds in the Dust
He couldn't believe you were only just sixteen, Maria dearest.
Haines, Pamela The Golden Lion
I will miss this place but Michael has found the dearest little house at Bundall.
Australian News Misc (2004)
Lucky pig will get you a man Vienna - Austrians present their nearest and dearest with small "lucky pigs" around Christmas time.
SA Star (2004)
Speaking on behalf of her father, Roseanne Cash said: "My daddy has lost his dearest companion... and his soul mate.
NME (New Musical Express) (2003)
The truth is, one cannot be candid, or honest with one's dearest.
Independent (1999)
You see, my dearest , by incorporating, he personally couldn't be held legally accountable for - for anything.
Smith, Evelyn E Miss Melville Regrets


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